I don’t know these women, but it sure looks like they’re having a good time. I will begin a new adventure today. I’m going to be teaching a group of 55+ some dramatic skills. These theatre games, scene work, improv, pantomime, vocal production and creative movement will stimulate the senses and get them outside the proverbial box.
Since I am a tried and true old person, it seems fitting that I should be teaching the class. I have more than 40 years of drama instruction under my belt. I’ve taught all ages except for this particular one. I’m looking forward to meeting these new people and sharing some of my knowledge with them.
It seems there has been a real push on keeping our aging society moving, thinking, creating and still contributing in great ways. The arts are a perfect avenue for this. My husband is currently teaching an art enrichment program for retired citizens and his students are thriving and learning to do more than they thought they could.
Drama can be used in the same way. When we get out of the groove of a structured schedule and a much slower pace of living, we could fall victim to depression, low self esteem and a sinking away from relationships. By becoming a part of something fun like this, a person will become revitalized, the mind will be stimulated and they will feel they are bringing something back to the community they live in.
Pray that I don’t mess up – that I enjoy the experience as much as I hope they do and that my age doesn’t show too much. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.